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Noam Chomsky

“Modern industrial civilization has developed within a certain system of convenient myths. The driving force of modern industrial civilization has been individual material gain, which is accepted as legitimate, even praiseworthy, on the grounds that private vices yield public benefits in the classic formulation.

Now, it’s long been understood very well that a society that is based on this principle will destroy itself in time. It can only persist with whatever suffering and injustice it entails as long as it’s possible to pretend that the destructive forces that humans create are limited: that the world is an infinite resource, and that the world is an infinite garbage-can. At this stage of history, either one of two things is possible: either the general population will take control of its own destiny and will concern itself with community-interests, guided by values of solidarity and sympathy and concern for others; or, alternatively, there will be no destiny for anyone to control.

As long as some specialized class is in a position of authority, it is going to set policy in the special interests that it serves. But the conditions of survival, let alone justice, require rational social planning in the interests of the community as a whole and, by now, that means the global community. The question is whether privileged elites should dominate mass-communication, and should use this power as they tell us they must, namely, to impose necessary illusions, manipulate and deceive the stupid majority, and remove them from the public arena. The question, in brief, is whether democracy and freedom are values to be preserved or threats to he avoided. In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than values to be treasured, they may well be essential to survival.”

Noam Chomsky

Progressive International

 

In December 2018, the Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25) and the Sanders Institute issued an open call to all progressive forces to form a common front.”It is time for progressives of the world to unite. The Progressive International takes up that call. We unite, organize, and mobilize progressive forces behind a shared vision of a world transformed.”

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  • Democratic, where all people have the power to shape their institutions and their societies.
  • Decolonized, where all nations determine their collective destiny free from oppression.
  • Just, that redresses inequality in our societies and the legacy of our shared history.
  • Egalitarian, that serves the interests of the many, and never the few.
  • Liberated, where all identities enjoy equal rights, recognition, and power.
  • Solidaristic, where the struggle of each is the struggle of all.
  • Sustainable, that respects planetary boundaries and protects frontline communities
  • Ecological, that brings human society into harmony with its habitat.
  • Peaceful, where the violence of war is replaced by the diplomacy of peoples.
  • Post-capitalist, that rewards all forms of labour while abolishing the cult of work.
  • Prosperous, that eradicates poverty and invests in a future of shared abundance.
  • Plural, where difference is celebrated as strength.

BDS

 

On May 14 and 15, we invite you to join us for events marking 72 years since the Palestinian Nakba, or catastrophe – the ethnic cleansing and forcible displacement of a majority of the indigenous Palestinian population by Zionist militias to make room for an exclusionary, settler-colonial state.

The Nakba continues today for Palestinians living under Israel’s regime of occupation and apartheid, with the support of complicit states, corporations and institutions.

Most Palestinians exiled from their homeland still carry the keys to their beloved homes. The Palestinian refugee key has become a reminder of the Palestinian tragedy, and a symbol of the determination to ensure that our refugees can one day return.

Nakba scenes of forced displacement remind us of the experience of many millions of migrants, refugees and homeless people around the world who have no place to call home due to the devastating impacts of militarism, racism, neoliberal capitalism and the climate crisis.

Today, COVID-19 adds to the grave threats that Palestinians and other vulnerable populations worldwide already face.

Our May 14 and 15 events will commemorate the Nakba, oppose displacement and homelessness, and mobilize for return as the #KeyToJustice. Join us!

#KeyToJustice Webinar – May 14, 4 PM Palestine time: Rafeef Ziadah, Marta Ill and Rey Perez Asis will discuss the connections between the Palestinian struggle to end the ongoing Nakba and the struggles of millions of refugees, migrants and those struggling for adequate housing worldwide, particularly during the pandemic.

#KeyToJustice Global Action – May 15: Share a photo of yourself on social media holding a key, and tag your post with #KeyToJustice. Learn how to make a key at home with this do-it-yourself video. The key symbolizes not just Palestinian refugees’ return, but the connectedness of our struggles for equality, dignity and freedom, for all those without homes, facing brutality and resisting erasure.

Online Nakba Day Rally – May 15, 9 PM Palestine time: With speakers and performers including DAM, Janna Jihad, Diana Buttu, Roger Waters and Ken Loach. Organized by Palestine Solidarity Campaign (UK), Jewish Voice for Peace (US), South African BDS Coalition, and the BDS Movement.

Our collective mobilisations will help turn the #KeyToJustice.

In solidarity,

Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

Pyramid of Capitalist System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pyramid of Capitalist System, issued by Nedeljkovich, Brashich, and Kuharich in 1911. Published by The International Pub. Co. , Cleveland OH.

IWW poster printed 1911

 

Guge

A row of Guge stupas near Tholing, in the tenth-century Kashmir-informed style, 2009 D [ Bendak//Peter van Ham ]

Temple room in Dungkar Cave 1, one of four caves that were residences of the Guge dynasty beginning in the twelfth century [ M. Beck/Peter van Ham ]

Peter van Ham’s Guge: Ages of Gold. The West Tibetan Masterpieces has just been published by Hirmer Verlag.

See also this very nice article.

Palden Yonten Thaye Lodro Chokyi Gyaltsen

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Dear Sangha Members and Friends of the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center,

I have the great privilege to share with you one of the most beautiful announcements that I can make: the longtime wishes and prayers of all the PBC members and devoted disciples of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche have been answered.

Recently, His Eminence Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche discovered the reincarnation of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche on the eighth day of this month, just two days ago. He was given the name Palden Yonten Thaye Lodro Chokyi Gyaltsen!

At Padma Samye Ling, the North American Monastery of PBC, we enjoyed a great celebration for the 10th Day of Guru Rinpoche, and all the gathered Sangha rejoiced in this announcement with tremendous joy and excitement.

Now that we have discovered the reincarnation of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, H.E. Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche is requesting that everyone recite many Dusum Sangye prayers of Guru Padmasambhava. This is my wish as well. We pray for the continued success of all the Dharma activities of Khenchen Yangsi Rinpoche, that there are no obstacles and everything unfolds very smoothly, for the fulfillment of all of his wishes, and that he will benefit the Teachings and all sentient beings for aeons.

Yours in the Dharma,
Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal

Padma Samye Ling
10th Day of Guru Rinpoche
April 16, 2016

 

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Yangsi Penor Rinpoche

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[T] essence of being is originally pure and, in relation to its self-manifestation, [is free from] transitory defilements of delusion, which have been purified directly upon the basis of being. This essence of being is designated by the term “Unsurpassed Realm”. It is the basic space of phenomena, the self manifest sacred circle of essential awakening not belonging to minds [of beings in] the ten directions, and not defined by size, limits, or orientation.

The Treasury of Knowledge: Books Two, Three, and Four
Buddhism’s Journey To Tibet
by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
translated by Ngawang Zangpo : page 541

蔣康堪祖仁波切 – Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche’s Photos 

 

 

The First Noble Truth

The key to understanding the truth of suffering is what the Buddha called the “three marks” of everything that exists. All conditioned phenomena, he said, are pervaded by these three marks: impermanence ( anitya ), dissatisfaction or suffering ( duhkha ), and insubstantiality ( anatman, “without self” ).

According to the Buddha, if we do not understand how conditioned phenomena are marked by these three aspects, then we will not be able to understand the first Noble Truth. We may do all we can in order to avoid facing the fact that everything is contingent and transient – we may try to hide ourselves from it, and we may even spin out all kinds of metaphysical theories of an unchanging, permanent, substantial reality to avoid this all-pervasive nature of ephemerality. Also, if we do not understand that conditioned phenomena are unsatisfactory, we will not think about restraining ourselves from overindulgence in sensory gratifications, which makes us lose our center and become immersed in worldly concerns, so that our life is governed by greed, craving, and attachment. All of these things disturb the mind.

If we do not understand that everything is insubstantial – anatman – then we may believe that there is some kind of enduring essence or substance in things, or in the personality, and because of this belief we generate delusion and confusion in the mind.

The Essence of Buddhism by Traleg Kyabgon

bitsquare

 

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